Conveyor maintenance manual

FlexLink conveyors XS, XL, XM, XH, XK, XB

General safety and design considerations ................. 2 Introduction ........................................................... 2 Maintenance............................................................... 4 System maintenance............................................. 4 Maintenance instructions ...................................... 4 Introduction to drive units ...................................... 5 Slip clutch adjustment ........................................... 6 Inspection – drive units ......................................... 8 Inspection – conveyor chains................................ 9 Inspection – slide rails, beams, idlers, bends...... 11 Inspection – safety devices ................................. 12 Replacement of worn parts – conveyor chain ..... 13 Replacement of worn parts – slide rails .............. 14 Anchoring slide rail.............................................. 15 Troubleshooting ....................................................... 17 Checklist/maintenance schedule.............................. 18 System dismantling and disposal ............................. 19 Important safety precautions............................... 19


• Control devices Machine controls which prevent the interruption of hazardous operations/conditions. This is done when designing a conveyor system. should only be used when all other means of safeguarding will impair the function of the installation or are not cost effective. Safeguarding should be designed to minimize discomfort or difficulties to the operator.General safety and design considerations Introduction Critical factor To achieve an operational installation which is reasonably safe for all people involved in its use and maintenance. The chain is generally the critical factor to consider with guarding. Bypassing or overriding the safeguarding during operation should be difficult. • Warnings Instructions. Cleated conveyor chains are more hazardous in creating more pinch and shear points than plain conveyor chains. 2 General safety and design considerations . or sound/light signals which alert to hazardous conditions. Safeguarding can be achieved by: • Location Location of the hazardous area away from the area occupied by personnel. Safeguarding All pinch and shear points as well as other exposed moving parts that present a hazard to people at their workstations or their passageways must be safeguarded. it is necessary to consider certain aspects. The degree of safeguarding required should be identified during the implementation of the essential safety requirement during the design process. Overhead conveyors must be guarded to prevent objects falling. Warning labels etc. wherever possible. • Guards Mechanical barriers preventing entry into the hazardous areas or protecting against falling objects. warning labels.

Control system Before operating or completing any maintenance on control system. In all these reviews user safety is our primary consideration. these covers must be fitted before unit is operated. If there are any questions as to the safe operating procedures of the equipment supplied. All drive units. are fitted with transmission chain covers. Idler ends should not be accessible during conveyor operation wherever possible. installation. safety protection should be applied to the connecting shaft. Therefore generous guarding should always be employed to fully protect within user operating limitations. Horizontal bend drive unit • The drive wheel and the transmission chain should not be accessible during the conveyor operation. operation and maintenance of the FlexLink installation to be aware of certain areas where special attention is required. Wheel bends • Guarding may be required at wheel bends depending upon location of bends and load applied to the conveyor. • For coupled drive units. End drive units • • The chain slack (catenary) of the end drive units must be maintained during the system lifetime. All drive units with slip clutch • Before adjusting the slip clutch it is necessary to remove all objects from the chain to remove any remaining chain tension. Drive ends should not be accessible during conveyor operation wherever possible. the FlexLink family of components are safe to use and maintain. Intermediate drive units • The area near the guides for the return loop of the chain should not be accessible during conveyor operation.). • • Cleated chains • Any application incorporating cleated chains requires careful safety consideration. read the associated section as supplied with the equipment documentation. Catenary drive unit • The ‘bridge’ area where the chain goes down into the drive should not be accessible during conveyor operation. FlexLink components are continuously reviewed to improve performance either by design modification or material upgrade. except the direct drive units. It is however necessary for those responsible for design. Idler units • The opening between the links when they turn round the idler roller could be a risk. Special attention must be given to operator access in the event of products becoming trapped or similar. There is a higher risk of product damage when using cleated chains. The opening between the links when they turn round the end roller could be a risk. Note The slip clutch is not a personnel safety device. Adjustment should be conducted in accordance with the maintenance procedures.Introduction (continued) Special considerations When correctly applied. Pinch and shear points are generated throughout the assembly of the incorporated components. please contact FlexLink Systems immediately. All associated technical data are retained at the manufacturers address. but a device to protect the conveyor equipment. • Maintenance The maintenance routine of FlexLink conveyors should also include procedures to ensure that the guarding remains securely fastened and effective (if not interlocked via control system etc. the chain must be shortened if the chain becomes visible below the level of the side plates. If side plates are fitted. General safety and design considerations 3 .

Spare/replacement parts If there is a demand for spare parts. who are familiar with FlexLink equipment.Maintenance System maintenance Introduction The following section is designed to offer assistance for your planned maintenance schedule. Non FlexLink equipment Equipment and components which are not from the FlexLink family of products should be maintained and serviced in accordance with their respective manufacturer’s instructions. Important Consult your system documentation for any special maintenance required for your specific installation. Warning Do not climb onto the equipment. Products being transported should. The installation must be used for the transport of goods in accordance with system specification or within design criteria as outlined in the general catalogue. XK. Make sure that the motor switch is also switched off and locked in the “off” position.. be removed from the conveyor chain. If a fault occurs on the installation which cannot be rectified with the help of the instructions in the manual. if possible. It may become evident that the suggested maintenance intervals can be extended to accommodate your local environmental conditions. 4 Maintenance . and XB unless otherwise stated. such as motors. contact FlexLink Systems or your supplying agent. Pneumatic and/or hydraulic power must be disconnected and any pressure accumulation released. XH. For non-FlexLink components. If there is any doubt as to the most suitable procedure for maintenance. Maintenance instructions Warranty/guarantee FlexLink conveyors are covered by warranty/guarantees as identified within the trading terms issued for each country. or if unexpected conditions occur during servicing. XL. If you are in any doubt as to what warranty is applicable to your system. XM. control systems etc. contact your FlexLink retailer or FlexLink maintenance personnel. consult your FlexLink supplier. consult your supplying agent or FlexLink Systems direct. Maintenance of the FlexLink conveyor systems should only be carried out by competent persons. pneumatic equipment. the manufacturer’s maintenance instructions apply. for conveyor systems XS. the following safety instructions must be observed: • • • • • All electricity must be switched off. Introduction This maintenance manual contains directions for the standard components sold through the FlexLink main catalogue. In general. Check the warranty conditions for your system before submitting claims etc. Staff affected must be informed that maintenance work is being undertaken. Checklist/maintenance schedule A suggested maintenance schedule is shown on page 18. Safety considerations Before starting any maintenance on your FlexLink equipment. The instructions supplied should be followed to ensure that the installation runs with a high degree of safety and to minimize the risk of breakdowns which can adversely affect the production. maintenance instructions are not given for equipment which the customer has chosen and specified for fitting to the installation.

Maintenance 5 . Some end drive units come with direct drive. Catenary drive units End drive units Catenary drive unit without return chain. located at an intermediate position along the conveyor. End drive units are either transmission chain types (see picture) or direct drive types. These guards should always be in position when the conveyor is in operation. Note The roller chain transmission has chain guards and gearing protection.Introduction to drive units Four types There are four different types of drive unit: end drive units. located at the ‘pulling’ end of the conveyor. intermediate drive units. catenary drive units and horizontal bend drive units. Intermediate drive units Horizontal bend drive unit for driving endless conveyors without return chain. Chain transmission The drive units are normally fitted with roller chain transmission. Horizontal bend drive units End drive unit with return chain. Intermediate drive unit located at an intermediate position along the conveyor.

Traction force Fmax (N) XS XL 450 475 XM XH XW 450 475 525 575 625 675 725 775 825 875 925 1000 1100 XK X (div. 7 Tighten the three screws (8) to stop. the X value.e. It has two purposes: • • Prevent damage to conveyor Prevent damage to the products on the conveyor Where a slip clutch is fitted. i. Fmax is the desired maximum traction force applied to the chain by the drive unit. Note The values in the table are approximate and apply to factory-new slip clutches. The clutch will start slipping at forces above Fmax. One division is defined as the angle (30°) between adjacent holes in the stop ring (6). 6 Maintenance .e. old type 4 5 6 8 7 9 100 200 300 400 500 600 700 800 900 1000 1100 1200 1300 1200 1300 1400 1525 1400 1500 1600 1700 1800 1900 2000 2100 2200 2300 2400 2500 6 5 4 3 2 1 0 –1 –2 –3 –4 –5 10 1 3 2 1 Remove the transmission cover. One division is defined as the angle (30°) between adjacent holes in the stop ring (6). For example: unplug the electric power plug.) Traction force Fmax (N) XM XH 19 18 17 16 15 14 13 12 11 10 9 8 7 1200 XW XK X (div.) Introduction The slip clutch on the drive unit is a safety device which allows the chain to stop if the load becomes excessive. old type If you try to adjust the slip clutch when there is still load on the conveyor. Adjustment of both versions are described here. the number of divisions given by the table. Check that screws (8) align with the holes in the stop ring (6). Caution: Slip clutch should not be adjusted until 1 Motor direction is confirmed 2 Conveyor is fully assembled Important: The slip clutch is not a personal safety device. 3 Remove any load on the conveyor. Clutch adjustment. 3 Hand-tighten the outer ring (7) to stop (no tools!).) Turn the outer ring (7) counter-clockwise the number of divisions given by the table. Use 10 mm wrench Clutch adjustment table. It is primarily intended to protect the equipment. 5 Positive X-value: (If the X value is negative (X≤0) ignore step 5 and go to step 6. the accumulated tension in the chain can cause severe injuries when you release the clutch. 2 Ensure that the conveyor can not be started accidentally. 4 Look for the desired maximum traction force in the table to the right and determine the X value for that force.) Turn the outer ring (7) clockwise with a hook wrench. it must be adjusted so that it does not slip whenever the drive unit is started under full load. Shipping of the new version began in 2001. i. 2 Unscrew the three screws (8) so that the outer ring (7) can be rotated freely. The installation is carried out as follows: Preparations for adjustment 1 Stop the conveyor.Slip clutch adjustment Old and new versions The slip clutch is available in two versions. the X value. Check that screws (8) align with the holes in the stop ring (6). 6 Negative X-value: (If the X value is positive (X≥0) ignore step 6 and go to step 7.

the clutch is always set to “0”. new type Fmax is the desired maximum traction force applied to the chain by the drive unit. Clutch adjustment table. to loosen the screw (1) on the slip clutch so that the adjustment nut (2) can be freely rotated. 5 Re-install the drive unit protection cover.Slip clutch adjustment (continued) Clutch adjustment. 5052769. Hook spanner Maintenance 7 . new type Traction force. Fmax (N) No. 3925774. XB 300 400 500 700 800 1050 1250 XT 300 400 500 700 800 1050 1250 1400 1500 1650 Standard and direct drives 1/2”: Slip clutches marked 3904324. XH XK. 3 Turn the adjustment nut (2) clockwise with a hook spanner until the arrow on the nut is aligned with the desired Fmax value (3). 4 Tighten the screw (1). See the following table for correct values. 5052827 XK H 600 800 1000 1150 1300 1550 1700 2000 2200 2400 2500 Standard drives 5/8”: Slip clutches marked 3925071. Note: On delivery. 3 mm. 5052772 3 2 1 1 Remove the drive unit protection cover. 2 Use an Allen key. 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 XS XL 300 400 500 XM. The clutch will start slipping at forces above Fmax.

At the same time as the roller chain tension is checked. 250. 500 hours of operation. Special attention must be given to chain elongation in conveyors of this configuration. Guide for the conveyor chain The purpose of the guide for the conveyor chain is to guide the return chain correctly into the drive unit. no slack is permitted at the drive unit since the conveyor chain is being controlled all the time. Replace damaged/worn parts. • Replaceable chain guides Guides integrated into the ends of the drive unit. If guides are fitted they can be of two different types: Chain guides integrated into ends. If the transmission is fitted with a chain tensioner. • • Check particularly that the protective covers for the roller chains are complete and firmly in place. 8 Maintenance .. the chain must also be lubricated with a suitable chain spray or similar. General checks on drive unit Carry out a general inspection of the drive unit. Worm gear motor and geared motor The worm gear or geared motor is checked in accordance with the instructions from the relevant supplier. Note The discs in the slip clutch must be kept free from oil and grease. • Loose disposable guides in plastic. Fully enclosed drive units do not have guides. and then every 500 hours.. On these. lubrication should only be carried out at the stated intervals. If the roller chain transmission is not fitted with a chain tensioner the chain tension should be checked on this occasion.Inspection – drive units Roller chain transmission The roller chain transmission should be checked and lubricated after 50. The condition of the chain tensioner must be checked at the same time as the lubricating is done.

The most suitable places to check the slack in the chain are at intermediate or end drive units. How much slack is acceptable depends on the length of the conveyor chain. In operation there will be some slack in the conveyor chain. Warning Only warm water (50°C). and any defective links replaced or cleaned. The tension of the conveyor chain should be checked after 50. Chain with flexible cleats • Chain with friction surface for conveyors with an incline up to 30°. • Check the guards on cleated chain conveyors. Cleated. Plain conveyor chains. 500 hours of operation and thereafter every 500 hours. Chain with friction surface Maintenance 9 . with soap if necessary. The extent of the stretch depends on the traction force in the chain. The chain is made of elastic material. Checking the tension of conveyor chain Plain conveyor chain • Chain with cleats for inclined or vertical conveyor sections. Cleated chain • Chain with flexible cleats for vertical wedge conveyors. friction and wedge chains Cleated chains. or other special chains should be inspected regularly. The stretch shows itself as slack on the return side of the drive unit. The friction surfaces are normally distributed over the chain at a predetermined distance. 250.Inspection – conveyor chains Conveyor chains The most common types of conveyor chains are: • . may be used for cleaning conveyor chains. The chain eventually stretches as the material creeps. friction chains and wedge chains. The cleats are generally spread over the chain at a predetermined distance.

If the conveyor has a guided drive unit with no chain slack take up. 6 After inserting the steel pin. check that it is centered and that the chain easily bends in the fitted link. This can. 2 Remove the steel pin (1) from the pivot (2). The old pivot should not be re-used. there will be excessive wear on the chain guides and the chain. but must never be so tight that there is no slack during operation. Usage of pin insertion tool 10 Maintenance . Chain joint components Note. Use the pin insertion tool (see figure). If the slack on the conveyor chain is unacceptably high. Beam section for chain installation • • • by removing the side plates of the drive or idler end unit in closed systems. vary depending on the total length of the chain. the elongation of the chain has to be monitored even more carefully. 3 Remove the necessary number of links. If there is too much slack. Alternatively: • at a beam section for chain installation which has detachable sections. 4 Join the chain together with a new pivot. When the chain is divided. With cleated or friction chains. a new pivot must always be fitted. This could be a risk for injury. Shortening conveyor chains The most suitable place to shorten the chain is at the drive unit. pay attention to the divisions between the links. it must be shortened by splitting the chain and removing the necessary number of links. however. Instructions 1 Make the conveyor chain accessible at some of the overhead positions. 5 Insert the steel pin using the pin insertion tool. See “Shortening conveyor chains” on page 10. There should be no appreciable slack on the chain when the conveyor is stationary. at a wheel bend by removing the outer curve.Inspection – conveyor chains (continued) Important: The chain should therefore be pre-tensioned while the conveyor is stationary. at a conveyor beam section for liftable chain (if there is any). to ensure a trouble free operation. Note. The conveyor chain must show some slack during operation. The conveyor chain does not need to show any slack when the conveyor chain is stationary.

paying particular attention to the “lead-in” area. Be observant for damage arising from external factors. since the stresses here are particularly high. Check that the joints are not deformed. Deformation can cause the conveyor chain to jam. bends Checking slide rails The condition of the slide rails is fundamental to the functioning of the installation. and bends 100 Correct configuration of joints • • Check that there is a gap between the slide rails and that the joints are correctly fitted. 50 Conveyor beams. but they should be checked when the slide rails are inspected. • • Check the slide rails for scratches and notches. Idler ends and wheel bends do not normally require any special inspections. • • Check the fastening points on the slide rail. Checking the slide rail with the conveyor chain in place The slide rail must be checked after every 250 hours’ operation. the chain should be removed from the beam. Replace the slide rail and fasteners if necessary. Deformed joints • Check that the slide rail has not been broken off. see “Replacing the slide rail”. since these are subjected to higher loads. Plain bends should be checked after every 500 hours’ operation. idler ends. Check the slide rail for wear and tear. • • Carry out the same checks as were carried out during “Checking slide rails with the conveyor chain in place”. The conveyor beams themselves do not normally require any regular inspection. Large radius plain bends may have inner support rails fitted to the beam. beams. Note Check in particular the inner slide rail in plain bends. idlers. and the slide rail carefully checked for wear and fastening. 5 25 10 Wash the conveyor chain. beginning on page 14. Maintenance 11 . conveyor chain removed At least once a year or after every 2 000 hours’ operation. resulting in uneven running. Check the joints on the slide rail. warping or deformation. Ensure that these rails (if fitted) are not worn. Inner support rails Replace the slide rail if necessary.Inspection – slide rails. see “Replacing slide rails” on page 14. 25 4 Checking the slide rail. Carry on the checking on a stationary conveyor with the chain in place. It is therefore essential that these are in good condition.

have a slack protection for the conveyor chain. Check the protective cover for the conveyor chain on intermediate drive units and catenary drive units. Slack protection plate for drive unit type H Chain guard for roller chain transmission • • • • 12 Maintenance . Check that the slack protection plates are in place.Inspection – safety devices Protective and safety devices Safety devices should be checked at regular intervals. Check the protective cover on the cleated chain conveyor return chain. There may be other types of guard which are specific to your installation. • Check the chain guard for roller chain transmission. and these must also be checked. This guard must always be in place when the conveyor is in motion. See the system documentation. and that the chain does not slacken enough to hang below the plates. Drive units type H.

check that the steel pin is centered and that the chain can easily bend in the fitted link.Replacement of worn parts – conveyor chain Removal of conveyor chain 1 Ensure that the power to the drive motor is disconnected. After fitting. 3 Shorten the conveyor chain to the right length. there are various methods depending on the type of drive unit: — Detach the slip clutch. Check that the chain moves easily and correctly through the bends and idler ends. Use the special tool for insertion/removal. — Remove the roller chain. Fit the pivot and the steel pin. Immediately investigate the reasons for any jamming and take immediate action. See “Checking the tension of conveyor chain” on page 9. Pin insertion/removal tool Note The conveyor chain direction Fitting the conveyor chain 1 Run a sample (approx. 3 Split the chain by removing the steel pin from the pivot. Be careful that the first link of the conveyor chain does not damage the slide rails. Check at the same time that there is enough space for the chain. — Disengage the gear from the drive wheel. using the special pin insertion/removal tool. Maintenance 13 .3 m) of conveyor chain through the installation in the direction of the conveyor. 4 Check that the slack is not excessive. 4 Pull out the chain. 0. 2 Disengage the motor. Sample for checking conveyor chain space 2 Put the new conveyor chain in place. Check that the chain direction corresponds to the conveyor direction.

as well as running a section of conveyor chain through the installation.Replacement of worn parts – slide rails Replacing slide rails It is very important to assemble slide rails correctly to ensure smooth system operation. the fitting instructions on page 15 must be followed. • The joints on the slide rails must have a distance of 100 mm between them. is to use the plastic screws XLAG 5 (XWAG 5 for XK). The joints should be positioned a minimum of 500 mm before an idler end unit. the slide rail will normally be cut at 45°. drive unit or vertical bend. the maximum length of slide rail should be 3 m. Observe the following points: • Single-cut pliers are suitable tools for cutting the slide rails. or XKMR 200. The inner slide rail after a wheel bend must be cut so that the cut surface is parallel to the wheel. • • Single cut pliers • Use mounting tool for slide rail XLMR 140. • When fitting the slide rails with rivets. In a bend. An alternative to the aluminium rivets. See page 16 for fitting instructions. or in the transition between two sections of beams. ∅ Drill fixture 3920500 14 Maintenance . preferably one which is intended for drilling aluminium. Mounting tool for slide rail • Use drill fixture 3920500. The joints should be laid out as in the picture with a gap of approx. The distance between anchor points must be 50 mm. The slide rail must overlap the recess in the idler end and drive unit. Follow the illustrated instructions on the following pages carefully. • Use a high quality drill bit to avoid forming a shoulder. Use XLAH 4×6/XLAH 3×6 rivets. XMMR 140. Joints may not be positioned in bends. XLMR 140 XMMR 140 XHMR 200 XKMR 200 1 • • Note 2 Check the final slide rails visually. 10 mm between the rails. XHMR 200. In front of the wheel bend. The slide rails should normally be approximately 5 m long on a straight conveyor beam. The holes for the plastic screws are threaded with a tap.

2 If working space is limited. There are two different methods for fixing slide rail to the conveyor beam: using aluminium rivets or plastic screws. Either method can be used. Mounting: 1 Insert rivets in the holes. using rivet crimping pliers or a rivet crimping clamp. For type of rivet. Slide rail which moves into a wheel bend or a drive unit can block the chain completely. Check both top and underneath surface of slide rail for protruding metal. the rivet crimping clamp might be easier to use. but the pliers are more efficient and easier to use.2 mm (XS: 3. but the riveting method is more secure if the conveyor will run with high operational speed or be heavily loaded. Maintenance 15 . 4 Keep a distance of approximately 30 mm between rivets and idler unit.Anchoring slide rail Fixing slide rail to the conveyor beam Hand drill Drill fixture for slide rail Countersink 4.2 mm) The beginning of each slide rail section must be fixed to the beam. since the chain will cause the slide rail to be pushed forward. The two crimping tools perform the same task. see table on previous page. wrong correct Method 1: Using aluminium rivets Rivet crimping pliers/rivet crimping clamp Aluminium rivets 3 Check that the rivets do not protrude over the surface of the slide rail. This is in case the idler unit has to be removed after conveyor system assembly.

1 Press or screw the screws into the holes using a pair of pliers or a screwdriver. 2 Cut off the screw heads by using a knife and a hammer. in the direction of chain travel. The cut should be made away from the joint. Check both top and underneath surface of slide rail for protruding plastic or metal.Anchoring slide rail (continued) Method 2: Using plastic screws Pliers/screwdriver Knife Hammer Plastic screws XLAG 5 An alternative to aluminium rivets is to use plastic screws XLAG 5: Mounting: 3 Make sure the slide rail surface is smooth and that screws do not protrude over the surface of the slide rail. file the edges smooth. 16 Maintenance . If the surface should be uneven. 4 Keep a distance of approximately 30 mm between screws and idler unit. This is in case the idler unit has to be removed after conveyor system assembly.

Check/replace transmission chain. Gearbox leaking oil Dirty conveyor Check output shaft seal and area around motor/gearbox interface. Abnormal wear on plastic parts Cause Overloaded conveyor Corrective action Remove products from conveyor and test run. Clean the system. Check and adjust slip clutch. Clean the conveyor chain with warm water (50°). swarf etc. especially in slide rail joints. Check actual load against recommended loading. Check actual conveyor load against recommended loading. Damage due to ingress of contaminate Particles. Transmission products are Check and fit. Damaged/badly fitted slide Check the free running of the conveyor rail chain. Lengthen/shorten conveyor chain. Check and replace if necessary. conveyor chain is not Cause Wrongly adjusted slip clutch Friction discs in slip clutch are worn or contaminated Corrective action Check adjustment of slip clutch. Excessive conveyor speed Lower speed. Ambient temperature too high Check against recommended temperature for conveyor. Incorrect conveyor chain tension Noise Cause Worn or damaged bearings in drive unit Corrective action Check/replace drive unit. not fitted Motor overheating on drive unit Cause Overloaded conveyor Corrective action Remove products from conveyor and test run. chain drive sprocket. Chemicals in the environment are Check in FlexLink main catalogue affecting plastic parts (section TR) for listing of incompatible chemicals. Damaged/badly fitted slide Check the free running of the conveyor rail chain. Drive unit is running.Troubleshooting Jerky running Cause Damaged or badly fitted slide rail Wrongly adjusted slip clutch Worn transmission parts Conveyor chain is too tight/loose Dirty conveyor Corrective action Inspect and replace as necessary. Lubricate with silicone based lubricant. Tension conveyor chain correctly. Remove source of contamination. Check the free running of the conveyor chain. Check actual conveyor load against recommended loading. Clean conveyor chain/slide rail. Troubleshooting 17 .

7. 4. conveyor chain removed. sprocket. 3. 1. chain tension and lubrication of drive unit Check/adjustment of slip clutch Check conveyor chain guides in drive units and idler ends Check tension of conveyor chain Check slide rails Check slide rails. Check safety and security devices Number of operating hours/time interval 50 250 500 Then every 500 hours Every 1 000 hours Every 1 000 hours 50 250 500 Then every 500 hours Every 250 hours Every 2 000 hours. or at least once a year Every 500 hours At least once a year See page Page 8 Page 6 Page 8 Page 9 Page 11 Page 11 Page 11 Page 12 18 Checklist/maintenance schedule . General checks Check roller chain. 6.Checklist/maintenance schedule No. 5. Check slide rails in plain bends. 2. 8.

The weight of the removed chain accelerates the removal from the conveyor beams and can cause injury when the last links exit the extrusion. If there are any doubts as to the most suitable procedure for decommissioning. If removing conveyor chain from over head conveyor special attention should be given when removing the last few metres. XL. Ensure that system is safe by shutting down all feed supplies or removing electrical fuses. 12 Sort different materials ready for disposal. XK. 11 Dismantle the conveyor support system into separate components. Ring spanners /10 mm and 13 mm size Allen keys Pin insertion tool XS/XL = XLMJ 4 Pin insertion tool XM = XMMJ 6 Pin insertion tool XH = XHMJ 6 Pin punch XK = XKMJ 8 Hammer Drill to remove slide rail rivets 1 Remove any remaining product from the conveyor system. every care should be taken to ensure that all items are securely retained during the decommissioning process. Pneumatic equipment should be removed from the conveyor before dismantling. This should be done in a systematic manner. The motor gear unit may be fitted with an oil breather. including accumulators.System dismantling and disposal Important safety precautions Dismantling Dismantling of the FlexLink conveyor system should be carried out by competent persons. 5 Remove the motor gear unit from the conveyor drive assembly. Oil should be drained from the gearbox and disposed of in accordance with local environmental regulations. In the absence of detailed information. If pneumatics or hydraulics are to be decommissioned. removing conveyor section by section. 7 Split the conveyor chain using the pin insertion tool and remove the conveyor chain. first untighten the retaining grub screws from the connection strips. Conveyor system XS. XH. The chain should always be removed in the conveyor working direction. 6 Remove guide rails and guide rail brackets etc. Repeat for idler end unit. 10 Dismantle the conveyor extrusions from the support brackets. All reservoirs/accumulators must be depressurised prior to removal. special attention should be given for the safe release of any accumulated pressure from within the circuitry. attention should also be given to the interaction of the other equipment to the FlexLink conveyor. who are familiar with the equipment being decommissioned. 4 The locking effect of the slip clutch can be removed by removing the transmission chain or by releasing the slip clutch (section in maintenance and service refers to slip clutch adjustment). Ensure that the oil from the gearbox cannot leak into the surrounding area when decommissioned. Remove the slide rail retaining fixings by drilling away the rivets or plastic screws and pulling away the slide rail from the aluminium extrusion profile. then consult the equipment supplier. Hydraulic equipment should also first be removed to assist dismantling and handling of the conveyor components during dismantling and disposal. It may be necessary to release the clamp effect of the connector piece by giving a sharp tap with a hammer. XM. This is to ensure that the equipment remains stable and will not fall if left unattended. System dismantling and disposal 19 . If other equipment is to be dismantled simultaneously with the FlexLink conveyor. 3 Remove the black transmission cover from drive unit to expose slip clutch and transmission drive chain. 8 Unscrew the inner grub screws from the drive unit connector strips and remove drive end from the conveyor. and XB To dismantle a FlexLink conveyor the following tools are required. Where extrusions are joined by connecting strips. 2 Switch off all electrical power and disconnect all pneumatic and hydraulic feeds. 9 Remove the slide rail on all sides of the conveyor extrusion. Include a list of the materials.

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